File No. 2151/47.

Minister Gummeré to the Secretary of State.


Sir: I have the honor to confirm my telegram to the department of this date as follows:a

In explanation of the above telegram, I have the honor to report that a boat arrived from Casablanca this morning with news of the arrival there of two or three more French cruisers who landed men and fully occupied the town, so that the foreign population were enabled to return to their houses and move about the town. Previous to this, as the few troops landed were only able to protect the consulates, the town was looted by the natives and not only the customhouse, but many shops and stores, including the branch of the Banque d’Etat. It is also reported that war vessels have arrived at Rabat and Mazagan and that all is quiet at both places. As the department is aware, I have since the 1st of July been residing at the Perdicaris place on the mountain, about 45 minutes from Tangier, but Sid El Hadj Mohamed Ben Arby Torres, the minister of foreign affairs., sent word to me to-day to return to the town for the present, as the whole country was in a turmoil over the occupation of Casablanca, and he could no longer assure my safety at so great a distance from the town.

I am, etc.,

S. R. Gummeré.
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